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Year: 2003
USA: Columbia Pictures
UK: Buena Vista International UK
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Eva Mendes, Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke, Cecilia Tijerina, Danny Trejo, Gerardo Vigil, Enrique Iglesias, Marco Leonardi, Cheech Marin, Ruben Blades, Jose Luis Avendano, Rodolfo De Alexandre, Pedro Armendariz Jr, Miguel Couturier, Sara Bachelder, Victor Carpinteiro, Rene Gatica, Tito Larriva, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Ermahn Ospina, Silvia Santoyo, Natalia Torres
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Countries: Mexico / USA
UK: 101 mins
USA Rated: R for strong violence, and for language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong violence and language
USA Release Date: 12 September 2003
UK Release Date: 26 September 2003


The saga of the mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), continues in Robert Rodriguez's bravura action epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO.

The new adventure is set against a backdrop of revolution, greed and revenge. Haunted and scarred by tragedy, El Mariachi (Banderas) has retreated into a life of isolation. He is forced out of hiding when Sands (Johnny Depp), a corrupt CIA agent, recruits the reclusive hero to sabotage an assassination plot against the president of Mexico, which has been conceived by the evil cartel kingpin Barrillo (Willem Dafoe).

But El Mariachi also has his own reasons for returning - blood revenge.

The desperado returns with his two trusted sidekicks Lorenzo (Enrique Iglesias) and Fideo (Marco Leonardi). And the legend of El Mariachi reaches new heights of excitement and adventure.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO was written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film was produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Carlos Gallardo and Robert Rodriguez. The director of photography, editor, production designer and composer is Robert Rodriguez. The costume designer is Graciela Mazón.

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